No Accountability for Management
teacher (Former Employee) – Minneapolis – July 19, 2013
I worked for a year at one of PPL's schools. I loved to work with the students and my colleagues were great. Unfortunately, management was not. Time and again we were told to do one thing by the director and then she would change her mind without explanation. We were only observed once during the year, and while the school had a strict "zero tolerance" policy for drugs, gangs, and foul language, some students got away with everything and my predecessor had three seasons of "Gangland" in our video cabinet, which he showed on a weekly basis.
Teaching conditions were not ideal, with only plastic folding doors separating our classrooms. When I suggested that it might be a good idea to find a solution that would allow for better sound-proofing, the director said that this was not really a problem. (It was, especially during testing.)
At the end of the year, out of a total of seven newly hired teachers, only three remained. I was not offered a new contract, since "there were observations made that I did not get along with my students." I don't know who made the observations, but my students were very upset when they found out I would not be back. In terms of teacher turnover, that was actually a good year for the school. The manager who supervised the schools for PPL knew about the problems, but he had no backbone and would not do anything about it.
Management was not held accountable